Fact Check: Garth Brooks Did NOT Announce 'Plans To Permanently Leave The US'

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Garth Brooks Did NOT Announce 'Plans To Permanently Leave The US' Satire Origin

Did country singer-songwriter Garth Brooks say he would leave the U.S. permanently because he felt there is "No Respect For Me Here"? No, that's not true: The site that originally posted the claim says its satirical articles are "not meant to be taken seriously." Brooks' website states that he is to perform at concerts based in the United States for the rest of 2024.

The claim appeared in a post on Facebook (archived here) on March 14, 2024. Above a composite image of Garth Brooks and the Statue of Liberty, the caption read:

Garth Brooks Announces Plans to Permanently Leave The U.S., 'No Respect For Me Here'

Below the images, the text in the post added:

Garth Brooks Announces Plans to Permanently Leave The U.S., 'No Respect For Me Here'

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Fri Mar 15 22:58:36 2024 UTC)

This post is on the Facebook account of the Patriots Network. The account's intro (archived here) states:

The Patriots Network is a Network of Satire and Parody affiliated with SpacexMania.com

The link in the comment section of the Facebook post led to a March 14, 2024, article on spacexmania.com (archived here) titled, " Breaking: Garth Brooks Announces Plans to Permanently Leave The U.S, 'No Respect For Me Here.'" This article is listed under the satire category on thespacexmania.com.

A disclaimer on this website under About Satire reads:

Please note that the article under the category 'SATIRE' are satirical in nature and are not meant to be taken seriously. These articles are meant to be humorous and are often entirely made up. We make no claim that the information presented in these articles is true or accurate.

A Google search (archived here) using the keywords "Garth Brooks" AND "To Permanently Leave," AND "U.S." AND "No Respect For Me Here" produced no results to substantiate the claim on Facebook.

Brooks announced in 2023 that he will begin a new Las Vegas concert residency (archived here) with "18 new dates in 2024" that will take place at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The related Caesars Palace press release (archived here) remains on the facility's website.

Lead Stories contacted Brooks' public relations representatives about the claim that he is "permanently" leaving the U.S., and will update this article if a response is received.

Additional Lead Stories fact checks that mention Garth Brooks can be read here. Other Lead Stories fact checks that mention SpaceXMania are here.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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